I will lift up my eyes to the hills…
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
So, yeah, the “stuff” of life happens. There is no way around it. We should not let it more our eye from the One is the central focus on our lives and the universe. One of my favorite “trouble/the need for help” verses is found in the book of Job.
You remember Job, the man who was blameless, upright, shunned evil, and feared God and through no fault of his own came to know real trouble. The Scriptures give us such a vivid picture of how satan attacked him as we visualize him sitting in ashes and his body afflicted with boils. He lost his family, home, and cattle…as the song says, “everything he had was gone.” We know that Job’s friends came to see about him and the favorite verse comes from his friend, Eliphaz in Job 5:7-9 (NIV):
7 Yet man is born to trouble
as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.
9 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted.
What a great God! He allows us to bring our troubles to Him and leave them in His more than capable hands, plan and purposes!
Looking to self, the world system, and guru’s just will not bring us wonders and miracles. No one or nothing else can say what Jesus has spoken in John 16:33 (NIV),
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
There is not a person, system, nation, devil, or demon who can offer and deliver help that overcomes, wonders that cannot be fathomed, or miracles that cannot be counted.
Nor can we do this ourselves.
Only God, Himself can make that offer (and promise) with guaranteed delivery!
Hallelujah to His Name!
The Psalmist understands this truth and his words encourages us when in the midst of trouble to look up and fix the eyes of our heart on Jesus, The Overcomer! He has no doubt that the God who created and sustains heaven and earth (Colossians 1:16-17) is certainly more than equal to the struggles we face as we journey through this land!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Proverbs 18:10 (ESV)
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.